Teamsters Union says it has reached a deal with the Justice Department to end US oversight

Associated Press

The Teamsters Union says it has reached an agreement with the Justice Department to end the government's 25-year anti-corruption oversight of the 1.4-million member union.

The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York joined the Teamsters in asking a federal judge to end the consent order that has been in place since March 1989.

Continue Reading Below

Teamsters President Jim Hoffa called it "a historic day" for the union. He said the union could "finally say that corrupt elements have been driven from the Teamsters" and that government oversight could come to an end.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (buh-RAH'-ruh) said in a statement that the proposed agreement recognizes "the significant progress that has been made in ridding the International Brotherhood of Teamsters of the influence of organized crime and corruption."